Explore the World with Context
Context inspires the curious learner with tales of culture and history around the world through scholarly experts. We host in-person tours for travelers who want to unearth Pompeii with an archaeologist, and online seminars for lifelong learners eager to study the Italian Renaissance with an art historian.
Who we are
Context Travel was founded in 2003 by an American expat couple in Rome on the premise that learning is the best way to travel, and that local experts are best equipped to lead that learning.
What started as a word-of-mouth, mom-and-pop tour operator, slowly grew throughout every cultural capital around the world and then continued to branch out into the digital sphere with Context Learning.
forging new paths
Inspiring Curious Minds
In 2020, the pandemic brought our travel operations to a screeching halt. And during that time, in the midst of immense personal and professional loss, something beautiful happened.
We began bringing our experiences digital as a way to deepen connection and raise donations for our experts. Immediately, people raved that our expert-led, online learning was just as good as the tours they'd been on, and in some cases better.
Since then, we’ve offered hundreds of seminars and courses, inspiring many to see the majestic island of Crete, create an Italian arancini steeped in history, or travel to the past through other legendary topics.
where we will go together
Passionate Experts All Over the World
Context experiences, whether online or in-person, have always been about connecting with the experts. The Context difference has and always will be profound expertise that animates people, places, and history through phenomenal storytelling.
From the treasures of the Louvre to the food history of France to storied landmarks, our experts dive deep into thousands of topics, touching the lives of travelers around the world.
The Context Way
Creating Global Connections
Context Learning is a fully independent business line, and co-exists side-by-side with Context Travel. Together, they create a holistic learning and travel experience.
Your Roman history course online can spark your interest in traveling to the ancient city with an archaeologist. While there, you’ll delight in some authentic Italian desserts, and then recreate that tiramisu from your living room when you’re back. We welcome you to join us on a journey of life-long learning.
Our community of scholars, travelers, and learners have come away with a firm grasp about the world we share. There’s always a story we can relate to, and we hope to foster this mutual understanding.
And the best part? This is only the beginning.